As Valentine’s Day draws near, I get excited about sharing sweet treats with friends and family. This year, I’m challenging myself to express whole-hearted affection with wholesome, whole food ingredients.
Making goodies filled with good ingredients is one way to let loved ones know that you support their healthy eating goals. It’s also an act of self-love, because you can indulge your kitchen creativity and satisfy your sweet tooth without filling up on processed sweeteners and refined fats.
Just in time for February, we’ve got a fresh batch of healthy dessert recipes that follow the Four Pillars of Healthy Eating opens in a new tab. These amazing, expert-tested recipes are chock full of nutrient-dense ingredients such as fruits, veggies, nuts and whole grains.
One of my favorite Valentine’s gifts EVER was a brown paper bag filled with two simple chocolate cupcakes—one for me and one for my sweetie! If you have a hankering to give (or eat) baked treats, check out these recipes that substitute fruit and veggie purées for the butter and sugar in typical baking:
Creamy and Dreamy
If you’re craving something creamy while trying to eat less cream, don’t fret! Our recipe developers are always coming up with new ways to make luscious desserts with plant-based ingredients. The recipes below use everything from avocado to chia seeds to create rich, creamy textures.
Do you have a favorite healthy dessert? Share the love in the comments!